What is a person’s family history?

Dr. Ordway discusses family history. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript


A medical family history is a record of the health background of your close relatives, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Because family members often have things in common – including genes, environment, and lifestyle – medical conditions frequently can continue through generations and along family lines, according to the NIH.

A medical health history should include information such as diseases, chronic conditions, age of diagnosis, ethnic background, and racial background, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (HHS).

Talk to your doctor for more information about family history.

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